Sunday, 14 December 2008

Copic Markers

Copic Markers I am loving! Like with the Prismas, I am just learning and class myself very much as a beginner. I look at what some people achieve with these markers and I am agasp, I will never be that good but I still enjoy!

Now there is a huge minus to these, they are incredibly expensive and although there are over 300 colours I would never be able to afford all of them! In fact at over $8 apiece I have about 14 of them and will not be getting any more in the near or distant future!

Now from the few I have, I have learnt by watching online tutorials how to blend them to make a multitude of colours. My blending is not great right now but I am making small steps to getting there.

This first image is made up from the stamp set Love Owl-ways, such a fun little set,

You can see from this that the mailbox came out Ok but more blending is needed with the owl. I am pretty sure I can back and rework this and improve on it. Also the blue outline is a little too blue and too solid, using a Copic blender marker I can fade it out a bit and make it fainter.

As well as SU! workshops I also do birthday parties for groups of up to 10 children ranging from 6 years old to whatever! These parties are mostly SU! but I am not doing them as a SU! demonstrator, I am doing these as 'Lynda, party entertainer extraordinaire'! Yesterday I did a party for a 7yo girl who is mad on frogs so I decided to use the SU! set Unfrogrettable, and make p a card for her and I coloured it in with Copic Markers. I really love how the image looked at the end. In fact I was quite sad to give it away!

Here is a close up of the actual image. I love the way the colours have blended so well in this, you can 'work' the colours really hard and the card stock appears not to be affected. For all these images I have used SU! Whisper White.

Today the two older boys both had birthday parties to go to. Of course in the early hours of the morning I realised that I had not got them a present so I resorted to my usual 'get out' clause which is if I make the cards I have a right to just put cash in them!

The stamp I chose is a Judi-kins stamp, one of my most favourite stamp companies (next to SU! of course!) I decided to make the same card for both boys and just reverse the colours.

Again here is a close up of the image and again you can see a little more work could have been done to blend the colours but it was very late (I mean early!).

I have also coloured in a few more images which I will share with you tomorrow!

Prisma Colours

Good evening!

Christmas is approaching fast and I don't seem to be getting very organised, we haven't even got our decorations up yet. I am kind of dreading it to be honest, the cat managed to destroy a large number of baubles last year and now we have a very naughty Border Collie and a 12 week old Cocker Spaniel to add in to the equation, I cannot even imagine how chaotic it will be, the tree will have no chance!

I am now going to put thoughts of Christmas aside and share with you some colouring in, I cannot believe I am as old as I am and I still love to colour in! Now many moons ago my mum bought me a pack of Prisma colour pencils. I put them aside and totally forgot to pick them up again until the other week. I go myself some blending stumps and some odourless mineral spiirit and away I went.

I have to say I love the effect you get, the fact you have the ease of colouring with pencils, with the spirit you have the movement and blending power of water colouring yet you still get to keep the intense colour, there is no dilution.

I coloured in loads of pictures a couple of weeks back but have misplaced them, I can only find a couple now, this one here is of boat from Boatloads of Love. Now none of these ones are my 'best' ones, I wish I knew where they were but alas I don't.

Now again these little birds are most definitely not my best work, but what they do show is that the blending of these pencils can be seemless and the other good thing is the card stock does not get wet so is less likely to breakdown as it can when you use watercolour pencils. It really means you can use just ordinary card stock instead of the more expensive watercolour paper if you are not confident with a paintbrush or aquapainter.

The downsides of these pencils is that they are incredibly expensive, the mineral sprirt is a poison so I can't leave it lying about in case the kids get it (also means they can't use them) and as the leads are very soft, like oil pastels, they are notoriously hard to sharpen and will often break during the process. For the above reasons I think for the most part I will stick with the SU! watercolour pencils and an aquapainter - totally safe and easy to take anywhere you go and the kids can use them!

I love to experiment with the different mediums, there are so many ways to colour in the SU! products that on the whole that keeps me busy enough but I do like to spread my wings occassionally. In the next post I will share some Copic Marker colouring which I just adore but am very much a beginner.

Thursday, 11 December 2008

Dauber Storage....

Second day of the school summer holidays today, it is such bliss not having to get up in the morning and be anywhere, no lunches to make etc etc! 9 weeks of this, I have a feeling the novelty factor will run out soon when replaced by the constant bickering and tell tale-ing that is almost definitely going to go on!

I had a lazy morning this morning and have spent the rest of the day doing housework and sorting.

I decided to do some sorting in my office as it is a huge mess (it always is!). A while back I decided it would be good to have a sponge dauber (you know those things that go on the end of your finger) for each colour as I am always messing up images because the ones I have are used for any colour and are a little past their best. So I bought enough new ones to cover the 4 main colour families and searched for a container that would suit my needs. I have to say that was not an easy task and many containers were looked at and bought only to be given to my sons' for their various 'collections'.

The best one I found was in the bargain store we have here called 'Chickenfeed'. it was $9.99 which in my opinion is steep for Chickenfeed but actually it a very reasonable price to pay for this storage.

It is split into six sections and each of these sections has a stack of 5 circular jars. I removed these as they are currently surplus to requirements, I have no doubt they will be useful for something, I just don't know what yet!

12 daubers fit either standing up or lying down in two layers in four of the six sections. The middle two are slightly smaller to make way for the catch so only 10 will fit in each of these.

So here it is,

This first picture is the top of the box, I used some DSP from the Summer Picnic range which was available in the Spring Mini and I used a retired alphabet stamp called Whimsical Alphabet to make up the word 'daubers' ('dauber' is one of those words that makes me smile when I say it, it is such a funny word!).

This is just placed inside the lid and some white copy paper has been stuck to the back of it and lists all the colours and their positions.

You can see from the picture that I have currently left the mini jars in the middle sections. I am going to use these sections ultimately for the neutrals and In Colours, I just haven't got the daubers.... *giggle* ....for those yet.

Just to be totally anal I have also labelled each and every dauber..... "giggle".....

I know, was it really worth all the time and effort? I think it will be in the long run, I wouldn't use them at a workshop, these are for my use only. I shall keep the handful in my craft bag for going out and about and workshops but this is perfect for use at home, it doesn't take up much space at all and makes me feel better!

Tuesday, 9 December 2008

Live your Dream...

This is the name of one of the new, die cut stamp sets from the Summer Mini, the one on the first page. I can see myself using this set an awful lot!

I wanted to use one of the new sets and products at the workshop I did over the weekend so in the early hours of the morning, of the day of the workshop (nothing like a bit of last minute planning, when I was a teacher we used to call it 'Door handle Preparation'!) I put this together and if I say so myself I really, really like this card!

Of course I have used hodgepodge hardware on it, which I never do, not because I don't like it, quite the opposite, I love it and don't want to share it! So Rosemary, my hostess for the afternoon, you are one lucky lady to get to keep that card!!!

I used the new Scallop Edge Punch which is great to go along the sides, very, very easy to use and I used another new stamp set, All Scallops, this was great as it fitted perfectly into the punched border

Card Recipe..

Stamps: Live your Dream, All Scallops
Card Stock: Naturals Ivory, Brocade Blue, Always Artichoke
Inks: Brocade Blue, Always Artichoke & Not Quite Navy Stampin' Write Markers
Accessories : 1/4" grosgrain, , Stampin' Dimensionals, Hodge Podge Hardware, Scallop Edge Punch

Don't forget to check it the Summer Mini to see some of these fantastic new stamp sets and great accessories. For information on ordering click HERE

Double Pocket Bags

When I went to the regional field training for Stampin' Up! here in Hobart a few weeks ago, one of the projects we were shown was a little bag which had two pockets. it was so simple to make and only used one sheet of 12 x 12.

The perfect thing to make it out of is Designer Series Paper (DSP), it is very quick, very easy and very pretty but as i like things to be difficult (or at least that is what I think I must like most of the time!) I decided that it would be nice to use a piece of neutral card stock, stamp it and then make it. I had a practise at home and loved the results so decided then and there that this is what I would do for the young ladies at the birthday party I did the other day. These girls were 13 7 14 years old and very capable and they found it easy. We were a little rushed but only because they were chatting before we got started and I wasn't strict enough about getting them to the table to start!

I decided that they would make a little note card to go with their bag and make and decorate an envelope too. I wish I had my camera with me to take a photo of their work, their colour choices and designs were lovely. I didn't, therefore you will have to put up with mine!

The little cards I made were 7.5cm x 7.5cm and I designed a template to make an envelope for that size.

Project Recipe..

Stamps: Bud Basics
Card Stock: Whisper White, Taken with Teal, Summer Sun
Inks: Taken with Teal, Summer Sun, Mellow Moss
Accessories :Stampin' Dimensionals, 1/4" grograin

I shall work on putting an instruction diagram together to make the bag, it really is very simple!

Last Minute Christmas Cards

Card Recipe..

Stamps: Merry, Merry & Short and Sweet
Card Stock: Old Olive, Very Vanilla, Real Red
Inks: Old Olive, Real Red
Accessories :1 3/8" circle punch, Scallop punch, packing tape, Dazzling diamonds, 1/4" grosgrain, large & small oval punch, Stampin' Dimensionals

At the weekend I went to the home of a young lady to 'host' her birthday party, it was great fun and her and her friends were very creative, straight after her party her mum had a workshop - yes it was a busy day!

I had to take my 4 year old with me but he had the most fantastic time, bigger boys to play with that weren't his brothers lots of outside play equipment and inside electronics - as happy as a 'pig in muck' as we would say back home in the UK countryside!

Anyway, I am going off on a tangent again, I shall share with you some of the projects I did for the workshop and the party.

This was a very quick and easy yet effective Christmas card I made for the work shop. It really is a very simple and fast to make.

The technique used is something called 'Glitter Window', basically it involves punches , packing tape and Dazzling Diamond glitter

The way I did this card was to

  1. make up a 9cm x 9cm card blank and then I cut a piece of DSP 8 x 8cm. I temporarily stuck it to the front with just a small amount of snail adhesive. I did this to hold it on place whilst I cut through both the card front and the DSP with a 1 /3/8" circle punch
  2. Remove the DSP from the card, ink round the edge in a coordinating colour (not done on this card but was done at the workshop and looked MUCH better.
  3. Place the DSP upside down on a surface where packing tape will pull off easily. Put a piece of clear packing tape over the hole and lift up the dsp.
  4. when you turn the DSP over to the right side there will be clear window over the hole that will be sticky, pour Dazzling Diamond Glitter over this and tap of the excess. You will now have a glittery window. You can then permanently adhere the DSP to the front of your card.
  5. On a piece of neutral card stock stamp a design and punch out with a scallop punch
  6. It is your choice now whether you adhere this design directly behind the glitter window on the back of the card front or, like me, stick it inside the card so that when the card is closed you can see the design but when it is open the design remains stuck to card base.
  7. I made a scallop frame by punching out the large circle on Real Red card stock, I put the punched out circle aside for use later on. Using the scallop punch I placed it over the circle hole, positioned it so the scallop fitted an equal distance round, punched it out and stuck it on!
8. Then embellish the card with widows or sentiments to your taste.

Thursday, 4 December 2008

For Sale...


I have 5 Bauble kits left over from our Christmas extravaganza.

Each kit costs $4 & compromises of a
  • template
  • approx 25 pre punched 1 3/8" discs from Designer Series Paper
  • a length of ribbon
  • instruction sheet with colour, step-by-step photographs
The designs I have are
  • Wintergreen (3)
  • Holiday Harmony (2)
(the picture above shows 'Dashing')

I am also happy to make kits with other DSP if I have it in stock so please feel free to ask.

I can post anywhere in Australia and postage will be $1 per order (if you order more than one kit it will still only be $1

Email ( me if you are interested, it will be stictly on a first come first served basis.

Tuesday, 2 December 2008


Ok, just so you know what is what!

  • Summer 2008/9 Mini is now out and can be viewed by clicking HERE or if you mail me with your address I will send it to you (Australian addresses only). There is an offer that runs with this too which is exclusive to me, information is HERE
  • Stamp'n'Write Markers are available individually until 14th December, Click HERE for more details.
  • Tying Up Christmas Promotion, by spending $20 on catalogue merchandise you can choose as many of the listed stamps'n'Stuff at 20% off. See HERE for more details!
  • Ribbon Offer, this available all the time, choose 2m of your favourite ribbons rather than buying full spools of ribbon in one colour you may never use. Click HERE to find out more.

Stampin' Up! Sets at Discount!

I know, it is sooo hard to keep up with what is happening with SU! right now, it seems there are offers, promotions and new catalogues all over the place and here i am to add one more!

Promotion Details:
Spend $20 in catalogue merchandise and qualify to purchase select items at 20% off regular price.

Just click on the table to see a bigger version in a new window

Usual blurb applies, if you would like to make the most of this offer then contact me by email ( I will look forward to hearing from you!

Monday, 1 December 2008


To see all the gorgeous stuff in the

2008/9 Summer Mini Catalogue

check out the catalogue link on the right hand side

or click HERE

don't forget to check out my Summer Mini Special!